Search VIFF Films

William

International Shorts
Director: William

A comedic horror from the NWT.

Nicholas Wrathall

Arts and Letters
Director: Nicholas Wrathall

Eternally opinionated, brilliantly funny and terminally political, Gore Vidal—novelist, essayist, polemicist, politician, pundit, screenwriter—was the true protean man. Using fascinating and apt recent and legendary archival footage, and interviews—including an exclusive with a fierce and fearless Vidal as he neared the end of his life—Nicholas Wrathall gives the man his due.

Biography, History, Literary (inc. Adaptations), Queer Interest

Xu Ruotao

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Xu Ruotao

This Chinese experimental-fiction-documentary—poetic, quasi-plotless, adorned with groovy pop hits—dazzlingly combines ghost stories and “ruin porn” to form a celluloid psycho-collage. Wandering souls seek connections with one another and a lost collective history among the remnants of an abandoned Chinese oil town.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Economics & Globalization, Environment, Fantasy, History

Yamamoto Keisuke

Dragons & Tigers
Director: Yamamoto Keisuke

Healthy sperm have a long, long way to run in Yamamoto Keisuke’s short…

Yan Yan Mak

(Da zhan)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Yan Yan Mak

Two iconic 90s Hong Kong pop groups, fabulous glam-pop Grasshopper and brilliantly satirical Softhard, mount a joint concert in 2012 and sell out 12 consecutive days. Yan Yan Mak captures not just the shows, but their fans’ fervour and HK’s passionate attachment to its ever-changing identity.

Music & Dance

Yang Lina

(Chunmeng)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Yang Lina

Chinese indie documentarian Yang Lina’s first fiction film is unprecedented in Chinese cinema: a truly erotic depiction of female desire, shot from a woman’s point of view. After a mysterious ghost seduces a bored housewife, her psychological turmoil leads to a series of increasingly weird religious experiences.

Drama, Fantasy, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors

Yang Zhengfan

(Yuanfang)
Dragons & Tigers
Director: Yang Zhengfan

In just 13 fixed shots, without dialogue, new director Yang Zhengfan creates a series of striking scenes set in southern China. Each one hints at a micro-story, some humorous, some tragic, others rich with symbolic meaning. Surrender to the film’s measured pace and prepare to be enthralled.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Buddhist Interest, Economics & Globalization

Timothy Yeung

Canadian Images
Director: Timothy Yeung

Arriving in Hong Kong with a 90-day tourist visa, a Chinese girl is led through seedy back alleys and into the world of underground prostitution.

Drama, Economics & Globalization, Sex & Eroticism

Hye Lin Yoon

International Shorts
Director: Hye Lin Yoon

Meet two Black H’Mong girls from N. Vietnam.

Peter Young

Nonfiction Features
Director: Peter Young

Unfortunately for Antarctica’s Ross Sea, there’s "white gold" swimming in its depths. Lured by schools of incredibly valuable toothfish, fishermen have set course for these pristine waters. Peter Young’s urgent, absorbing documentary makes an impassioned plea for retreat before a virtually untouched ecosystem is ruined.

Economics & Globalization, Food, Farm & Garden, Under 18 May Attend, Science & Technology

Rebecca Zlotowski

Spotlight on France
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski

Two of France’s hottest young stars, Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), play workers at a nuclear power station who fall in love in Rebecca Zlotowski’s powerful drama. Offers a rare and fascinating look inside the everyday workings of a nuclear power plant. "Engrossing, superbly acted."—Variety

Drama, Economics & Globalization, Romance, Science & Technology

Ramon Zürcher

(Das merkwürdige Kätzchen)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Ramon Zürcher

This droll, remarkably controlled comedy chronicling one day in the life of a multigenerational family prepping a celebratory dinner in their cramped Berlin apartment buzzes with life. A sunny delight, it has catapulted young director Ramon Zürcher to the forefront of German cinema. Winner, New Talent Grand Prize, Copenhagen 2013.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Family Relations

Alan Zweig

Canadian Images
Director: Alan Zweig

Sharing personal reminiscences and interviews with others, director Alan Zweig constructs an affirming journey that encompasses personal quests, amazing anecdotes and poignant reflections. Whether it’s a young girl who takes a brave stand against religious conformity or a man who decides to walk the Earth, there’s something valuable to be gleaned from each of these encounters.

Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Religion, Spirituality & Myth

Pages